How to knit the diagonal basketweave stitch

from Gaia Gualtieri - 22 February 2019

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Today we’ve got the diagonal basketweave stitch for you. A stitch which can be classed as a real “golden oldie” but one that certainly doesn’t lack relevance today.

By the way, we’ve used our Cyrcus to do it, which at first glance this yarn seems the same old carded nubby (well, actually it is!) but the mix of shades and its particular structure that makes it puff up while it’s been worked, give it that extra something. The outcome? Total contemporaneity.

How to knit the diagonal basketweave stitch

How to knit the diagonal basketweave stitch

This stitch is done on a multiple of 6 stitches and is made up of 3 parts: A, B and C.

Diagonal basketweave stitch Part A (wrong side)

Base triangle: *purl 1 row, turn, knit 1 row, turn, purl 1 row, purl 2 together (=purl 1 row and without letting the stitch slip off the left needle, purl 1 picking up the thread from the stitch from the previous row), turn, knit 2, turn, purl 1, purl 2 togther, turn, knit 3, turn, purl 2, purl 2 together, turn, knit 4, turn, purl 3, purl 2 together , turn, knit 5, turn, purl 4, purl 2 together, turn, knit 4, turn, purl 3, purl 2 together, turn, knit 5, turn, purl 4, purl 2 together, turn, knit 6, turn, purl 6 *, leave the triangle hanging on the right needle. Without breaking the thread repeat from * to * until you get the desired length.

Diagonal basketweave stitch Part A

Diagonal basketweave part B (right side)

First end triangle: increase 1 in the first stitch, slip this stitch on the right needle without working it, knit 1 row, pass the slipped stitch, turn, purl 2, turn, increase 1, knit 1, pass 1, turn, purl 3, turn, increase 1, knit 2, pass 1, turn, purl 4, increase 1, knit 3, pass 1, turn, purl 4, turn, increase 1, knit 4, pass 1, turn, purl 5, turn, increase 1, knit 5, pass 1, turn, purl 6, turn, knit 6. Leave these 6 stitches hanging.

Rectangle: pick the 6 stitches up on the left side of the triangle, turn, *purl 6, turn, knit 5, pass the 6th stitch on the 1st stitch of the next triangle, turn *, repeat from * to * until you’ve done all the stitches of the triangle.

Make as many rectangles as you need in the same way (keeping the stitches on hold on the right needle without breaking the thread). When all the triangles have been done, before turning it over, pick up the 6 knit stitches on the left side of last triangle and turn it over.

Diagonal basketweave stitch part C (wrong side)

First end triangle: purl 2 together, purl 4, turn, knit 5, turn, purl 2 together, purl 3, turn, knit 4, turn, purl 2 together, purl 2, turn, knit 3, turn, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn, knit 2, turn, purl 2 together, turn, knit 1. Go ahead and pick up and purl 5 on the inner of the triangle and turn.

Rectangle: knit 6*, turn, purl 5, work the 6th stitch and the 1st stitch of the next rectangle together and turn *, repeat from * to * until the rectangle has no more stitches. Make the desired number of rectangles in the same way.

Always repeat parts B and C.

End the work with part C by knitting a series of closing triangles, carry out the first C end  triangle, *pick up and purl 4, purl 1 together with the 1st stitch of the next rectangle, turn and go ahead as so: knit 6, turn, purl 2 together, purl 3, work the 6th and the 1st stitch of the next rectangle together, turn, knit 5, turn, purl 2 together, purl 2, work the 5th  and the 1st stitch of the next rectangle together, turn, knit 4, purl 2 together, purl 1, work the 4th and the 1st stitch of the next rectangle together, turn, knit 3, turn, purl 2 together, work the 3rd and 1st stitch of the next rectangle together, turn, knit 2, turn, purl 3 together *, repeat from * to * until the end of the motif.

Tutorial - Diagonal basketweave stitch

Despite being classic, the diagonal basketweave stitch is by no means quick to do, however it’s definitely worth it, don’t you agree?

If you’re up for knitting some more, we suggest reading the tutorial on how to do the wheatear stitch too.

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